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Get your RV ready for the camping season

Are you getting your RV ready for camping season? There are many things that you need to check on your RV to get it ready, but there are a few things you don’t want to forget. To get your RV ready for a safe and worry-free camping season, here are 4 things you don’t want to forget:

Batteries: Oftentimes, RV owners remove their batteries for the winter. If they were properly stored over the winter, your battery still has likely lost a percentage of its charge. Stored batteries tend to lose about 10% a month. The first thing you want to do is fully charge the batteries. After it’s fully charged, you should add distilled water following instructions by the manufacturer. A quality service facility can help you do all of this, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.

Water System: If you winterize your RV using antifreeze, it is important to run fresh water through the water system so that all remnants of the antifreeze have been cleared. Inspect your water heater also. If it was placed bypass mode during the winter, take it out of by-pass mode. If there is any antifreeze in the water heater, it needs to be trained. Additionally, replace any water filter cartridges that were removed.

Tires: Tires lose air pressure when they are in storage, which means they could be dangerously low. Check the tire pressure with a tire gauge and make adjustments according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Don’t forget to check that your spare is in good working order and its tire pressure is correct.

Oil Level: Make sure you inspect the oil level in the generator. Your owner’s manual should provide specified intervals. Also, check the generator exhaust system. If you didn’t run the generator over the winter, you should run it for about two hours.

If you are uncomfortable with getting your RV ready yourself, you can always take it to an authorized service provider that will make sure it is running according to specifications.

TECH TIP: If your car has been sitting for many days, T3 will automatically send you a low-battery notification when the car battery gets down to 11.0V.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Car Lovers

Do you still need to get Mom a gift? Here are a few ideas!

At 911Tracker we can help you keep tabs on your vehicle, but this little gadget will help you keep track of your keys!

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There’s no reason they can’t take their favorite car in to work with them with this computer mouse!

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Keep yourself calm and your car smelling fresh with these essential oil diffusers.

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With this photo keychain, mom can take her favorite people with her wherever she goes.

Help her feel more at home in her car with cute, personalized floor mats.

Help the car enthusiast in your life keep their vehicle safe with a T3 Tracker from 911Tracker.

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911Tracker® Announced Association with Newchip

Did you hear? 911Tracker® announced an association with Newchip which are providing Accelerator programs that are benefiting the 911Tracker Equity Campaign by improving communication with investors.

Newchip Accelerator impressed 911Tracker because of the experience of the Newchip team and the way that the Accelerator program uses a number of online techniques to guide entrepreneurs through a learning process. The Accelerator program encourages the entrepreneurs to continuously report on the progress of their interface with potential investors. The program helps entrepreneurs by sharing ideas and issues with other members of the group.

We have been encouraged by the constructive criticism and have started trying new methods of presenting our company in a way that potential investors will understand both the shorter term and longer term benefits. As the program proceeds, entrepreneurs are offered the opportunity to present their companies to potential investors that are already familiar with the ways that Newchip helps entrepreneurs do their best. We would certainly recommend that founders with startup companies consider working with Newchip.

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Four Tips for Driving in the Rain

April showers bring May flowers…but they also bring wet roads and sometimes hazardous conditions. Here’s some tips for keeping safe on the road during those downpours:

  1. Before you get on the road, make sure your windshield wipers, headlights, tail lights and brakes are all functioning properly.  Traction on tires should also be good, as threadbare tires and wet, oil-slick roads are not a good combo.
  2. Turn on your headlights. With low visibility you’ll want others to see you, and you’ll have a better view of what’s in front of you.
  3. Slow down and don’t get too close to the car in front of you.  It’s easy to lose traction on wet roads. If you do end up hydroplaning, continue to steer in the direction you want to go, and ease off the accelerator.   According to Geico, it might take three to five adjustments to get back on course.
  4. If you cannot see, pull over and turn on your hazard lights.  It may be raining too heavy, or your windshield may be fogging up. Just wait it out until you have a visible view.

TECH TIP: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call.  The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.

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Simple Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Car

As winter winds down and the weather gets nicer, you need to make sure that you are properly maintaining your car. Most importantly, you or your mechanic should check your engine and your alignment and suspension. Here are a few other easy things that you can do to get your car ready for spring.

Clean the Inside

Spring is the perfect time to clean the interior of your car. Remove and throw away all the trash and debris that has accrued over the winter. Vacuum the carpets and seats and wipe down all interior surfaces. Choose a warm, sunny day to complete this job.

Wash and Wax

Now that the winter is over, a thorough wash and wax is important. Winter driving can cause road grime, debris and salt to build up on your car which can affect the paint and finishes.

Tire Pressure

Cold winter temperatures cause your tire pressure to decrease and warmer temperatures can cause the pressure to increase, so make sure you check your tire pressure and that it meets your manufacturer’s specifications.

Wiper Blades

Your wiper blades may have taken a beating over the winter due to snow and ice, so you should check them for any signs of cracking or wear. Because the spring brings with it rain and thunderstorms, you need to make sure your wiper blades are in good working order.

And don’t forget to install your T3!

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Kill Coronavirus in Your Car

Times are scary right now. These past few days, weeks, and months have been flipped upside down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at 911 Tracker we are practicing social distancing and taking the CDC recommendations very seriously. Please know we are still here to help in any way possible. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by this pandemic. We want to send out a huge THANK YOU to those helping to keep our loved ones safe.

According to the CDC, washing hands and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces are two of the best ways to defend against spreading the coronavirus. To ensure you are staying safe in all areas of your life, here are some tips on how to disinfect your car:

1. Clean Frequently Touched Areas – Clean frequently touched surfaces, including the steering wheel, door handles, shift lever, any buttons or touch screens, wiper and turn signal stalks, passenger and driver door armrests, grab handles, and seat adjusters.

2. Use Cleaners With At Least 70% Alcohol – With a few exceptions, many of the household cleaners that kill corona viruses can also clean a car without damaging its interior.

3. Wash Your Hands After Cleaning – This step is really important to remember. Help prevent carrying any germs around with you by washing your hands immediately after cleaning.

Click here for more tips on how to clean your car and fight off COVID-19.

Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know their location but they have driven into a remote area that is not within range of a cell tower, just ask T3 for its current gps location. The cell carrier system automatically keeps trying to deliver the message. As soon as the vehicle is driven back into a cell coverage area, T3 will receive the message and respond with the current location.

Source: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires-car-care/how-to-kill-coronavirus-in-your-car-without-damaging-interior-surfaces/

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Grand Slam Spring Specials

You already know that the T3 alerts you the moment your vehicle has unauthorized movement.

And that its 3-way-call functionality automatically connects you to the 911 operator nearest your vehicle.

But did you also know that you can use the T3 to find your vehicle in a crowded parking lot?

That means the next time you are leaving a baseball game and can’t remember if you parked at Lot G or Lot F you can easily track your car’s location helping you get home even quicker! That sure beats waiting around for the lot to clear out.

So why not protect your vehicle and make your life a bit easier with the T3? We are offering hot Spring Specials so it’s the perfect time to buy! For a limited time you can purchase the T3 for:

T3-SS3 Vehicle Security System that includes the T3 Tracker AND a 3-month Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA — Normal price is $289, but T3-SS3 Spring Silver Special is only $199 a saving of $90 — Also consider $189/unit with two or more per order. Click here for T3-SS3 Special

T3-SS12 T3 Vehicle Security System that includes the T3 Tracker AND a one-year Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA — Normal price is $432, but T3-SS12 Spring Silver Special is only $299 a saving of $133. Also consider $279/unit with two or more per order. Click here for T3-SS12 Special

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Spring Cleaning: Classic Car Prep

Car Show Season is upon us! Which means it’s time to start airing out your vehicle and performing a series of checks to ensure that you have enough time to take your car out for a spin as soon as that first show drives into town!

Whether you winterized your vehicle or not, you need to complete a thorough investigation and CHECK EVERYTHING! To help get you started we’ve compiled a list of hot spot areas that tend to need a tune up from over the winter:

  • Check and change the fluids.
  • Test your wipers.
  • Tires – do they need air, are they flat or spotted?
  • Open the hood – how does your wiring look? Sometimes animals chew through some of the wires over the winter, so make sure nothing is disconnected.
  • Take a look under your car to make sure nothing leaked.
  • Test your lights. And don’t forget to check your brake lights!
  • Charge your battery.
  • Run your car for a few minutes before taking it out for a spin. As the car is running look under the vehicle again to make sure nothing started leaking.
  • Wash, dust and polish. You are ready for a drive!

Another thing to consider before heading to your first car show is installing a T3, because classic car shows are notorious for being targeted for theft opportunities. When installing a T3 on your classic car you have two options: a standard T3 or a Cable-Kit-T which would allow for you to plug in your T3  at the show and then move it back to your daily vehicle once you arrive home. By having a T3 installed while attending out of town shows you are able to react quicker if your car has unauthorized movement. Just set your T3 to Master mode, and it will alert you the moment the vehicle is moved. You instantly receive access to the GPS coordinates, speed, and direction that your vehicle is moving. As well as easily connect to the 911-Operator closest to your vehicle, allowing them to dispatch an officer. Helping bring your beauty back where it belongs and not gone forever.

Interested in purchasing your own T3 or Cable-Kit-T? Head to 911Tracker.com.

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If You Are An Uber Or Lyft Driver, This Is Why You Need A T3

Are you an Uber or Lyft Driver, or have a loved one who is? If so, you are often on the road alone, many times late at night, and sometimes in remote areas, allowing people you have never met before into your vehicle.  There’s always a risk involved when picking up strangers, but a T3 can help keep you or your loved ones safe.

While it’s something nobody wants to think about, if you don’t make it home from your shift, your T3 emergency contacts can easily pinpoint exactly where your vehicle is located, or even track your whereabouts during your shift.  And in the case of a carjacking, the T3 gives you the ability to deactivate your starter and send real-time info to the police.  The carjacker won’t get very far, and your vehicle will be recovered.

The 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System will also alert you instantly if there is unauthorized movement in your vehicle or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. Within seconds you can connect to the 911 operator closest to your vehicle and share the GPS location, speed, and direction your vehicle is traveling. No call center is used – saving you time and money.  No other anti-theft system can do this!

There is no activation fee, no contract or cancellation fees, and you always get our 911Tracker 30 day Risk Free Guarantee. You can cancel your current plan and begin a new plan at any time. We also provide complete security and we never share your information with anyone.

For more information on the T3 Vehicle Security System visit https://www.911tracker.com/products.

TECH TIP: The T3 owner can add, change, or delete the phone numbers for their authorized emergency contacts at anytime.

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A T3 for when Seconds Matter

Seconds matter, especially in an emergency situation when a life is on the line. A  Wall Street Journal article discusses the difficulty 911 call centers have in pinpointing the location of a call to 911 coming from a cell phone, and the technology Google is testing out to improve the accuracy. “Federal regulators estimate shaving a minute off response times could save as many 10,000 lives each year.”

If you have the T3 call 911, the 911 operator will be able to see exactly where your car is located.  When the T3 user (either owner or their emergency contact) is talking to the 911 operator, either the T3 user or the 911 operator just presses 3 and the T3 speaks the pinpoint GPS location along with the speed and direction of the vehicle. Emergency responders can get to the exact location of the emergency and help save lives.

The T3 Vehicle Security System is different than any other anti-theft system. No call center is used, saving the T3 owner time and money. Not only can it be a lifesaver in an emergency situation, but the T3 will alert you if there is any unauthorized movement in your vehicle.

There is no activation fee, no contract or cancellation fees, and you always get our 911Tracker 30 day Risk Free Guarantee. You can cancel your current plan and begin a new plan at any time. We also provide complete security and we never share your information with anyone.

For more information on the T3 Vehicle Security System visit https://www.911tracker.com/products.

TECH TIP: When the T3 owner has contacted police about theft of their vehicle, the owner can send a secure message to the T3 to disable the vehicle starter and help police catch the thief.

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911Tracker T3 FAQs

Do you have a question about the 911Tracker Vehicle Security System? We have answers!

Q. What type of vehicle can use the T3?
A. T3can be installed in any type of vehicle that has a battery and a location where the unit will not be exposed to moisture. Cars, Motorcycles, Work Trucks, Food Trucks, and even RV’s! Plus with the T3 you don’t need to pick just one. You can rotate it between vehicles with the Cable-Kit-T which includes Cable Kit including cable, fuses, starter disable relay, and Backup Battery including overload protection!

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Q. What is required to install T3?
A. The package includes everything needed, including T3 device, cable, and installation kit to connect to the vehicle.

Q. Do I need to connect to a website to operate the T3?
A. No.  Each T3 has its own phone number.  You just send a text message to the T3 from your mobile phone or smartphone.

Q. How do I check the location of my vehicle?
A. Just sent a text message with your secret 5-digit PIN and the letters gps and T3 will respond to your mobile phone with time, date, location, speed, and direction.

Q. Do I have to turn on the T3 when I leave my vehicle?
A. No. T3 senses if the key is turned on or off.  If the key is off, the unit automatically enables the movement notification and vehicle alarm, if your vehicle has an existing alarm system.  When the key is on, the unit disables the alarm notification

Q. What do I do when T3 sends me an alarm notification?
A. The alarm notification includes time, date, location, speed, and direction.  If you determine that an emergency is occurring, you call your T3.  It speaks to you and says press # to call police.  When you press #, the T3 calls the nearest 911 and when the 911-Operator answers, you can explain the emergency to the 911-Operator.

Do you still have a question? Check our FAQ or contact us at Phone: 877-744-3361  or sales@911Tracker.com we would love to talk to you!

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How to be a Motorcycle Passenger

Have you ever been asked by a friend or family member to take a ride on their motorcycle? Maybe you jumped at the chance to be a passenger or maybe you felt a little bit of fear and trepidation because you were not sure what to expect.  There is a lot of information out there to teach you how to ride a motorcycle, but there are a few things you need to know about being a good passenger too.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Wear the right safety gear.  When you are the passenger, wear gear that will protect you from the elements and make you safer in case of an accident while riding.  You should wear footwear that protects your feet, a helmet, gloves, a long sleeve shirt and pants that are durable.  Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather.

Getting on the bike.  It is important before you get on the bike that the footpegs are down.  And if you don’t know what the footpegs are, your rider will know and can help you.  Stay away from the hot exhaust pipes anytime your get on or off the bike because they will cause severe burns.  Once the bike and rider are stable and ready, step on the footpeg and swing your leg over the bike to the other footpeg.

Keep your feet on the footpegs.  Once you are in position, your feet should be planted on the footpegs for the duration of your ride. By dangling your feet, you could come into contact with the rear wheel or the muffler which is dangerous for you and the rider.  By keeping your feet on the footpegs, you are keeping yourself and the rider safe.

Sitting on the bike.  Try not to hang or wrap your arms around the rider.  By doing so, you affect their ability to control the bike by putting your weight on them.  Instead, hold onto the rider’s hips or the tank especially when stopping.  Try not to squirm or move around too much because this affects the balance of the bike.

Look over the rider’s shoulders during turns.  While the rider leans into the turns, you should not.  If you follow this rule of thumb, you will be positioned perfectly for a turn–look over the rider’s shoulder in the direction of the turn.  So that means if you are turning right, you should look over the rider’s right shoulder; if you are turning left, look over the left shoulder.  If you line up your body with the rider, it will keep the bike from leaning more than it should.

Dismounting the motorcycle. You should only get off the bike when the rider tells you it is okay to do so. If you do so when the rider isn’t expecting it, the sudden weight change could pull the motorcycle over or cause the rider to drop the bike. Don’t forget about the hot exhaust pipes while dismounting either.

Be an active participant.  When you are a passenger on a motorcycle, you can help the rider by being alert and prepared.  Be ready for sudden braking or changes of direction by paying attention to the road.  You can also be another set of eyes for the rider, looking for any hazards or animals that may run into the road.
If you are prepared before being a passenger on a bike, it can be a fun experience for both you and the rider!

A T3 on your Harley with TSSM will text you as soon as a thief starts to roll your bike away.

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Gift Ideas for Your Car-Loving Valentine

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to get your car-loving Valentine a gift he/she will love.  Need some ideas?  We have some:

Exotic Car Racing Experience. Make your Valentine’s heart really race with this gift! Click on the link to find one in a city near you. 

Road Trip Book. Inspire your Valentine with this book, or a similar one, to plan the ultimate road trip. 

Coffee Table Book – Bring the fun inside with a visual coffee table book like this one.

Scale Model – One is never too old for a die cast model of his/her favorite car! Your Valentine can proudly display on a shelf. 

T3 Vehicle Tracking Device You know your Valentine loves his/her car. So protect it with the 911Tracker T3 Security System. The T3 can be discreetly and easily installed in his/her car and will send an alert in the case of unauthorized movement or an emergency. 

T3 Tech Tip: T3 can send the car owner a text that shows his/her vehicle’s location, speed, and direction any time. 

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Road Trip Resolutions

Did you make a new year’s resolution to take more road trips this year? Whether you are looking for warmer weather, scenic views, amusement parks or wildlife discovery, here are three to start with now:

The Big Bend: Named after a large bend in the Rio Grande River, this park is located in west Texas and borders Mexico, covering over 800,000acres. Winter is a good time to set up camp if you are not a fan of the brutally high temps that come with summer. The weather varies in winter though, while it can be mild, subfreezing temperatures can also occur – so be prepared! While you’re there take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, the most interesting of the paved sightseeing routes in Big Bend National Park, “giving the greatest variety of habitats, geology and a variety of interesting short walks and interpretive pull overs,” according to visitbigbend.com Plan here: https://visitbigbend.com/category/bb-national-park/

The Florida Keys: Want to get away from the arctic chill? Just keep driving south onto the Overseas Highway. The trip should take close to four hours from Miami to Key West. Take in the beautiful views as you cross over the Seven Mile Bridge that connects the Middle Keys and Lower Keys, and if you want to get out of the car for a bit, take a walk along the Old Seven Mile Bridge, where there is plenty of wildlife to spot.  When you get to your destination, learn to sail, snorkel, and try some key lime pie. And if you’re a cat lover, you’ll want to visit the Hemingway House of Cats.  For ideas on where to stop along the way, visit: https://travel.usnews.com/features/the-ultimate-florida-keys-road-trip

Southern California: Want to make everyone happy on your road trip? This one is loaded with everything from amusement parks to discovering the desert, to national parks, so everyone will be able to check something off their list. Create your detailed itinerary using suggestions found here: www.visitcalifornia.com/trip/ultimate-southern-california

For some road trip tips check out http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/.

TECH TIP:  When the T3 is in temporary Master Mode, T3 automatically sends text notification if vehicle ignition is either on or off but the vehicle starts moving.

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Newer Cars Are Safer Cars

As the years pass, we noticed how much technology has made an amazing impact on the world around us. From hands free devices to back up cameras technology has helped to make our everyday commute safer. According to the NHTSA “The average vehicle on the road in 2012 would have an estimated 56% lower fatality risk for its occupants than the average vehicle on the road in the late 1950s. NHTSA estimates that vehicle safety developments helped raise the annual number of lives saved from 115 in 1960 to 27,621 in 2012. Cumulatively, these improved safety technologies saved over 600,000 lives between 1960 and 2012.” This means technology has SAVED LIVES!

However, with new technology comes higher prices but not for long! In August 2019, the average price of a new passenger vehicle was about $37,000 but the “NHTSA is working to keep regulations reasonable so cars, trucks and SUVs — with the latest safety features — are more affordable and families can be safer on the roads. We are committed to letting consumers choose the vehicle that best meets their needs while keeping them safe. ” Check out more about technology will impact you next vehicle purchase – https://www.nhtsa.gov/newer-cars-are-safer-cars

Tech Tip – If your T3 notifies you with an alarm message and you want to alert 911 of the emergency but when you call the T3 you just get ringing but no answer, the T3 is temporarily out of the cell coverage area.  Just send T3 a text YourPIN call.  The cell carrier system automatically keeps trying to deliver the message.  As soon as the vehicle is driven back into a cell coverage area, T3 will receive the message and will call your phone back so you can press # to make the 3-way call to 911.

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Drive Sober this Holiday

This holiday season the NHTSA is partnering with law enforcement to spread the messages: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI. The campaign runs from December 11, 2019 through January 1, 2020. NHTSA and local law enforcement will be out educating people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk and high, and that law enforcement will be stepping up patrols to get impaired drivers off the roads.

According to NHTSA, “Last year, there were 10,511 people killed nationwide in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third of the yearly driving fatalities. The tragedy of these deaths is felt year-round, but for many, most strongly during the holidays.” It is important to be prepared this holiday.

1. Think ahead! If you have holiday parities on the calendar make sure to figure out how to get home safely once the celebration ends. Explore options like a designated driver, public transportation, Uber, and Lyft.

2. Make sure your family and friends are safe. If you see a loved one impaired take away their keys and encourage them to join you in using public transportation or help them make arrangements to get home safely .

3. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement immediately. Doing so could save the life of the driver, passenger, and others on the road.

Stay safe this holiday season!

Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/drunk-driving/drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over-holidays

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SAFE Vehicles Rule Will Put More Americans In Newer, Safer Cars and Trucks

Did you hear that last year the NHTSA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency together proposed the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule?! This proposal is said to help establish new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator, Heidi King, “Today, automakers are struggling to meet the existing standards. EPA’s latest ‘Trends Report’ showed that despite record fuel economy gains, all but three of the thirteen major automakers failed to meet their performance targets for the 2017 model year.” The NHTSA says “The SAFE Vehicles Rule encourages innovation and allows automakers the flexibility to respond to consumers’ needs.“

Learn more about what this new rule could mean for you by visiting https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/nhtsa-deputy-administrator-king-congress-safe-vehicles-rule-will-put-more-americans

Tech Tip: If your car has been sitting for many days, T3 will automatically send you a low-battery notification when the car battery gets down to 11.0V.

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Keeping Older Drivers Safe

Keeping your loved ones safe is so important. Whether they are your parents, grandparents, or neighbors they mean the world to you. With Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 3–7) upon us here are some helpful tips on how to keep these important people safe while driving.

1. Consider the Health and Medical Conditions of the Driver – Problems with eyesight, sleep, tremors, or memory can make driving more dangerous. Make sure to ask yourself or a loved one the following question: Can you remember the routes you frequently drive? Do traffic signs and signals, or other motorists make you feel overwhelmed while driving? Have you recently received a ticket or citation for a driving violation, or been in a minor crash?

2. Consider Adapted Vehicles – Vehicles can be easily adapted to meet the need of your older driver. It can be as simple as adding a swivel seat or pedal extender.

3. Use Drive Assistance Technologies – Using cars that have automatic vehicle braking, backup cameras and blind-spot detectors help to minimize the risk of an accident. Another assistive technology to have installed is the T3. This device can help keep track of a cars location, assist in a crash, unlock the car door, and give the status of the car’s battery.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/older-drivers/keeping-our-older-drivers-safe-road

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Winter Driving

Winter is here and the roads are slick. Make sure you’re prepared for snowy weather ahead by following these winter safety tips!

1. Get Your Car Serviced – Make sure your car is in tip-top shape and ready to handle all kinds of weather.

2. Know Your Car – Familiarize yourself with your car’s safety manual. Get to know the different features of your car, especially ones that can help on wet and icy roads.

3. Stock Your Vehicle – Also be prepared for “the worst case scenario”. Pack things like a snow shovel, kitty litter, and blankets.

4. Stay Safe While Driving – Stay alert and monitor things like the gas tank. For long trips make sure to schedule driving breaks to get food, return text messages/calls and take time to stretch. Avoid risky behaviors like distracted driving and texting.

Learn more winter driving tips here – https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-tips

Tech Tip: If you are concerned that your car battery is getting low while the car has been sitting for several days, just ask T3 to send you status. The T3 return message tells the voltage. If the voltage is less than 11.5V, the battery is getting low enough that the car needs to be started soon.

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Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s a time to enjoy a day filled with friends, family, delicious food, and football. It’s also a time the roads will be extra busy as everyone rushes around to get to their destinations. According to the NHTSA, “Our roads are particularly dangerous around Thanksgiving. During the holiday weekend in 2016 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 28), there were 341 people killed in traffic across the country. About half of those who died weren’t wearing seat belts.”

NHTSA reported “Most often, younger people and men are failing to buckle up. Among 13- to 15-year-olds killed in crashes in 2016, 62 percent weren’t wearing seat belts. Similarly, 59 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds killed in crashes were also not wearing seat belts. That same year slightly more than half of men killed in crashes were unbelted, compared with 40 percent of women.” Buckling your seat belt increases your chance of surviving a crash so please remember to buckle up this holiday season.

Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/seat-belts/thanksgiving-travel-starts-buckling

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Time to Check for Vehicle Recalls

Daylight Saving is a great reminder to check some items off your to-do list. Weather it is to change the batteries in the smoke detector, schedule your yearly checkup, or catch up on sleep, it’s important to add checking your car’s recalls to the list.

According to the NHTSA “In 2018, there were over 900 recalls affecting over 33.5 million vehicles in the United States. Every vehicle recall is serious. Yet only about 75% of vehicles recalled in a given year are ever fixed.”

It’s important to make sure you and your passengers are safe. To help, check your car’s recalls! To find out about your car’s recalls visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN).

T3 Tech-Tip –If you are parking your vehicle at the airport, put the T3 in Master Mode and then when you return, put back into Auto Mode .  T3 will notify you if the vehicle is moved more than 2-3 blocks even if it is “hot wired”, taken by use of a duplicate key, or is towed.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/fall-back-safety-mind

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T3 Fall Specials

Our T3 Vehicle Security System is a great product to have, immediately notifying you if your car has an emergency or when there is an unauthorized movement. 

We are offering two Fall Specials this season:

Our T3-SS3 Vehicle Security System special includes the T3 Tracker AND a 3-month Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA. The normal price of this product is $289 but with this fall special it is only $199!

The T3-SS12 T3 Vehicle Security System special includes the T3 Tracker AND a one-year Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA. The normal price of this is $432 but this fall special is only $299.

Don’t miss out on these amazing deals visit our website https://www.911tracker.com/products  to find out more information on our Fall Specials!

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Car Maintenance Tips for Winter

It’s getting colder and winter is right around the corner. It’s important to make sure your car is ready for the possible snowy and slipper weather. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you get prepared.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze in most newer cars are designed to last up to 5 years or 150K miles but older cars might not be so lucky. Older cars might need a “flush-and-fill” to ensure the engine components don’t freeze up. 

Battery

Cold weather can take a toll on a car’s battery. If you’re already experiencing trouble with your car battery it might be worth getting a new one before winter hits.

Tire Pressure

Cold winter temperatures cause your tire pressure to decrease and warmer temperatures can cause the pressure to increase, so make sure you check your tire pressure and that it meets your manufacturer’s specifications.

Wiper Blades

Winter weather means icy windshields and salt covered cars. Don’t forget to change your washer fluid to one that can handle the colder temperatures. It’s also important to replace any worn wiper blades to ensure you can get all that dirt off you windshield. Most importantly, make sure to get your ice scraper out of your trunk or closet and in a place you can easily get too!

And don’t forget to install your T3!

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The Perks of Having the T3 While Traveling

Life gets busy. Between traveling for work, dropping your son or daughter off at college, or taking a mini vacation to get away from it all, the last thing you want to do is worry about your car. Be worry free by installing the T3. The T3 offers amazing features to allow you to check-in. Here are just some examples to help put your mind at ease:

  • If you are parking your vehicle at the airport, put the T3 in master mode and then put back into guard mode when you return. T3 will notify you if the vehicle is moved more than 2-3 blocks even if it is “hot wired”, taken by use of a duplicate key, or is towed.
  • If you are concerned that your car battery is getting low while the car has been sitting for several days, just ask T3 to send you status. The T3 return message tells the voltage. If the voltage is less than 11.5V, the battery is getting low enough that the car needs to be started soon.
  • If your car has been sitting for many days, T3 will automatically send you a low-battery notification when the car battery gets down to 11.0V.
  • If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.
  • If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know when the vehicle starts moving again, just ask T3 to go into master mode. When the vehicle moves more than 2-3 blocks, T3 will send you a moving notification.
  • If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know their location but they have driven into a remote area that is not within range of a cell tower, just ask T3 for its current gps location. The cell carrier system automatically keeps trying to deliver the message. As soon as the vehicle is driven back into a cell coverage area, T3 will receive the message and respond with the current location.

Learn more by visiting our Product Introduction page

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Plan a National Park Road Trip this Fall

Thinking about taking a road trip to visit a national park this fall? It’s a great time of the year to go, with temperatures beginning to drop, crowds starting to thin, and all of the beautiful changing colors. Here are three parks to keep in mind:

Acadia National Park, ME. It may not be beach weather, but you’ll want to visit Sand Beach known for its beautiful views and shell fragments; Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic Sea Board; and Schoodic Peninsula is the only section of the park that is located on the mainland of Maine. For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

Grand Teton National Park, WY. The Grand Teton National Park offers amazing views of the Oxbow Bend. Take time and explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. You will be sure to fall in love with the wildlife, beautiful fall colors, and smaller crowds. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT, WY. You can’t visit without a trip to Old Faithful, known to erupt about every hour and a half; the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a favorite hiking spot; the Grand Prismatic Spring at Geyser Basin is the largest hot spring in the U.S., Gibbon Falls is wondrous, and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a great place to learn about wildlife. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

For some road trip tips check out http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/.

TECH TIP: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call. The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.

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Fall is here! Is your car ready?

Fall is just about here. Is your car ready? Here are some must-have accessories to keep on hand this season.

Bluetooth tracking tag. The last thing you want to worry about is where you placed your keys. You’ll always be able to find them with a key finder such as this.

Emergency kit. Unfortunately emergencies happen. It’s always best to be prepared. Throw a kit like this in your trunk, and you’ll be able to handle most situations that arise.

Trash cans. Fall means kids sports…which means carpools…which means messy cars. Keep all those snack wrappers in one place with a car trashcan such as this.

Windshield washer fluid. As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to replace your windshield washer fluid with one suited for colder weather.

The 911Tracker T3: Car theft happens in every season, so protect your car with the T3 Vehicle Security System is different because you are in charge. T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone. T3 alerts you immediately if your car, truck, motorcycle, or RV has an emergency or unauthorized movement. You call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your vehicle – even if you are thousands of miles away. You are talking directly to police within seconds of the emergency. No call center is used – saving you time and money.For more information and to purchase your T3system visit our website.

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College Car Safety Tips

It’s that time of the year – students are heading back to college!  If your college student is taking a car with him/her to campus, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Park in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Have your cell phone readily available when walking back from the parking lot in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure your windows are up and your car doors are locked.
  • Keep your valuables hidden, as well as any personal information/identification such as mail or bills.
  • Keep your car keys in a secure spot in your dorm room and have them out and ready when walking to your car.
  • Follow your campus’ traffic rules.
  • Always be alert and focused while driving. There are many pedestrians and bicyclists on campus, some who are not always paying attention.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Never text and drive.

To give yourself some peace of mind while your child is away at school, install a T3 from 911Tracker.  If your child’s vehicle is stolen, moves without authorization, or is involved in an accident, the T3 will notify your child and you (as the emergency contact), and can connect  you directly to the 911 operator located nearest the vehicle. Not only will the T3 protect your child’s car from theft, but you can keep track of the vehicle without being intrusive. You have the ability check the location of your child’s vehicle at any time by sending a text message to the T3.  The T3 will respond with a text showing GPS speed, direction, and location.

T3 Tech Tip: The T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.

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Welcome Back to School

School is officially back in session making your morning commute a little more congested. To ensure safety for you, your young ones, and new student drivers, it is important to be reminded about driving safety.

According to NHTSA “The greatest risk to a child isn’t riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one.” NHTSA offers some tips to remind young drivers how to remain safe this school year. These tips include:

  • The car shouldn’t move until everyone is buckled up.
  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Stay focused.
    • Remember that the phone stays down when you’re driving. Make it a habit to put your phone in the glove compartment or other inaccessible location, to reduce temptation to check notifications or texts.
    • Reduce distraction by limiting the number of additional passengers. If you do have others in the car with you, keep your eyes and your mind on the road.

Another great way to ensure your teen is safe is to install the T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 gives you the capability to check the location of your vehicle at anytime and receive alerts if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement.

Check out more safety tips by visiting https://www.nhtsa.gov/back-school-safety

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Teen Driving – Safety

As a parent, you spend a ton of time teaching your children how to be safe. You make sure they are protected and free from danger. Then, all of a sudden, they have their driver’s license and keeping them safe just got a little harder. Making sure they are prepared is the number one way to keep them out of harm’s way. Here are a few tips the NHTSA suggests to help keep your new driver safe.

1. Talk to your teen about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. Share some stories and statistics related to teen drivers and distracted driving. Remind your teen often that driving is a skill that requires the driver’s full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait until arriving at his or her destination.

2. Familiarize yourself with your State’s graduated driver licensing law, and enforce its guidelines for your teen. Check to see what your State’s laws are on distracted driving; many States have novice driver provisions in their distracted driving laws. Create your own rules if necessary. Restricting the number of passengers your teen can have, or the hours your teen can drive, is a very effective way to minimize distraction for your teen driver. Talk about the consequences of distracted driving and make yourself and your teen aware of your State’s penalties for talking or texting on a phone while driving.

3. Set consequences for distracted driving. If your teen breaks a distraction rule you’ve set, consider suspending your teen’s driving privileges, further limiting the hours during which they can drive, or limiting the places where they can drive. Parents could also consider limiting a teen’s access to their cell phone—a punishment that in today’s world could be seen by teens as a serious consequence.

4. Set the example by keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while driving. Be consistent between the message you tell your teen and your own driving behaviors. Novice teen drivers most often learn from watching their parents.

Another great way to ensure your teen is safe is to install the T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 gives you the capability to check the location of your vehicle at anytime and receive alerts if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving

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Vehicle Theft Prevention – Protect Your Vehicle Today

According to the NHTSA, “a motor vehicle is stolen every 40.9 seconds in the United States”. Protecting your car, and the belongings inside, can be difficult. The NHTSA report “there are numerous anti-theft systems and devices designed to make vehicles more difficult to steal or easier to trace and recover.” Some of these devices include:

1. Audible and Visible Devices: These devices, such as a horn alarm, deter theft by bringing attention to an unauthorized attempt to steal or enter a vehicle. Visible devices create a visual threat/warning/deterrence, such as the use of steering-wheel locks, as well as theft-deterrent decals, flashing lights, and window etching.

2. Immobilizing-Type Devices: These prevent thieves from bypassing a vehicle’s ignition system and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some incorporate computer chips in ignition keys or disable the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine.

3. Vehicle Recovery Systems: These devices use electronic transmission technology that help law enforcement reveal the location of stolen vehicles—and possibly catch the thief in the act.

Looking for a device that can help? Check out the T3 Vehicle Security System. With the T3 you can check the location of your vehicle anytime by sending a text message, have the ability to unlock the car door, receive vehicle alarm, disable the starter, and so much more!

Article – http://bit.ly/VechicleTheftPreventionNHTSA